An ordinary metropolis: The evolution of criminal justice in London, 1750-1830
Balch-Lindsay, Virginia Suzanne
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This dissertation examines England's transition from a system of criminal law enforcement that relied on individual initiative to one that relied on state-centered institutions. Between 1750 and 1830, London experienced a confluence of events, and ideas, that promoted new goals forhumanity law enforcement. The prevention of crime, not only its punishment, became an achievable goal. Reform of the criminal was another. Efficiency, effectiveness, and, combined to push England's governors toward a more rational, more enforceable code of law.